All Kinds of News for February 03, 2016
Novitas Academy (ID), a unique therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 14-18, introduces their seasoned Clinical Team.
Dr. Andrew Sapp is the Founder & CEO of both Novitas Academy and Cherry Gulch. He has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in the fields of mental health and psychology. Dr. Sapp earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and also graduated with honors from Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Dr. Sapp is deeply passionate about helping boys who struggle academically because learning differences run in his family and he too had undiagnosed learning disabilities that he has spent much of his life trying to overcome. Andrew believes that these challenges have helped him become more determined to reach his goals. By far his greatest accomplishment has been starting two successful programs and serving the many students and families that have benefited from this award-winning and life changing programs. His greatest joy is spending time with his three precious little girls and his wonderful wife.
Hanna McKenzie Young, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree in 1999 and has since spent the majority of her career working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including wilderness, residential, outpatient mental health and public schools. She comes to Novitas with over six years of experience as a therapist in a therapeutic boarding school and has strong individual, family and group/experiential therapy skills. Hanna believes that everyone has something amazing to offer the world and loves spending time outdoors enjoying Idaho's amazing rivers and mountains with her two incredible kids.
Clayton (Clay) Smith, LMSW excitedly joined the Novitas team in 2015. Previously he worked as a Mental Health Clinician for 5 years in juvenile corrections. Clay attended Walla Walla University (Missoula) and earned his Masters degree in 2011. He became a counselor to fulfill a dream of helping others to find joy in life. Clay struggled in school with ADHD and has had to learn to believe in his ability to concentrate when needed. Outdoor recreation is a big part of his life where he enjoys backpacking, cycling, motorcycles and kayaking. Clay believes that recreation can be used to motivate scholastic and career oriented goals. He has joined Novitas to help youth do just that. Most important to Clay is his wonderful wife and 2 boys.
For more information, please contact Kylie Peters, Novitas Admissions Director.